Do you believe in coincidences in life?
Just yesterday you were thinking about an old friend that you had not seen for ages and for some unexplainable reason this morning they called you.
Or how about the time when you made a seemingly insignificant decision: to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks, to go to a friend’s party after work, to put your profile on one of the online dating websites – and this decision changed the course of your life.
Or about the time when you almost ran out of gas in the middle of Everglades National Park and suddenly right after a road sign “crocodile crossing” there it was – a tiny gas station lost in the middle of nowhere? (Ok this might not have happened to you. But I am sure that you have a similar crazy story to tell, when a situation you found yourself in looked absolutely hopeless, but strangely enough it resolved itself in the best possible way).
The question I ask myself is – are all these events just a chain of coincidences or have they been carefully woven into the invisible fabric of reality that we call destiny?
How does it work? Can we change or escape our fate or are there some events that we must face no matter what?
I wish I had it all figured out, but I am still trying to find answers to these questions. What I have read, studied and noticed from my personal experience is that there are a few Universal Laws that work without fail throughout the course of our life and to some extent shape our destiny.
I did not invent these laws myself. All of the world’s greatest religions, philosophies and spiritual teachings mention them in one way or another. All I have done is simply put them together in the hope that they will help to shed some light on why some events happen to us and whether or not they can be called “coincidences”:
1. The Law of Karma
Karma is the unerring force that adjusts effect to cause on the physical, mental and spiritual planes of our being. Its action was stated by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians 6:7 as: “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Whatever energy we send into the Universe in the form of our thoughts, feelings and actions comes back to us in kind. There are no exceptions and no fortuities.
If our goal is to attract more of the positive events into our life, we should focus on thoughts and actions that generate love, compassion, abundance and health.
2. The Law of Creation
Each and every one of us has an unlimited creative potential. Our goal is to fulfill this potential through some form of creative work. It does not matter if we express our feelings through our writing, let our personality shine through our artwork or are writing a new piece of java code. What matters is that we do it wholeheartedly, that we let ourselves be fully emerged by the process, that we feel oneness with the Universe.
3. The Law of Neutrality
The Universe is neutral. It does not play the game of favorites and dislikes, more important or less significant. We are all divine beings created by God and loved equally, deeply and completely.
We are never punished – we are simply given an opportunity to learn something, even through our problems, setbacks and sufferings. We are never rewarded – we are simply given an opportunity to share our blessings with those around us.
4. The Law of Participation
Life does not just happen to us. It requires our active participation. Of course, there are some lessons and accomplishments that were placed on our life path the day we were born, but it is up to us how to perceive and react to them.
5. The Law of Oneness
We are connected by invisible bonds with all living beings on this Planet. We are all consciousness in different manifestations, therefore when we are hurting someone, when we refuse to forgive, when we pass on judgment, we are harmed as well, because we are a part of the Universal equilibrium.
If we want to succeed faster and lead happier lives, we should align our goals with the good of other people. When our objectives compete with the desires and goals of other people, we have greater difficulty in achieving them. Consequently, if we set goals that many people would benefit from, the whole Universe will assist us in their fulfillment.
6. The Law of Acceptance
We will continue to receive what we refuse to accept. If we ignore our problems, they will only get bigger and more urgent. If we refuse to learn our lessons, greater, more serious lessons will be given to us. If we obsessively pursue a goal or idea that is not right for us, it will elude us until we accept that we can live without it.
7. The Law of Growth
There is no such thing as immobility, when it comes to inner growth. We can not achieve certain levels of spiritual, mental and emotional development and then simply relax and enjoy ourselves. When we are not using our skills, we lose them. Similar, without applying continuous effort in our personal growth, we are doomed to fall back into our old, negative patterns of behavior.
8. The Law of Patience
We may like the idea of instant gratification, but deep down we all know that things of value have to be earned, endured, and awaited. It is a great blessing to be able to do what you are supposed to be doing, without being attached to the result and patiently wait for the reward to come in its own time.
9. The Law of Focus
Despite a very popular concept of multitasking, our mind can not concentrate on two thoughts at the same time. We can not wish someone well and feel hatred for another person simultaneously. We can not feel gratitude for our blessings and experience lack in some area of our lives. By consciously directing the flow of our thoughts in a positive direction, we leave less room for such destructive emotions as anger, greed, jealousy and envy.
10. The Law of the Sacrifice
For everything you gain, you have to give up something else.
If you have trouble achieving certain goals in life, it might be a good idea to ask yourself, what you are willing to sacrifice for it: be it your time, part of your money, or missed opportunities that you will not be able to take advantage of?
Not everything we pursue we truly want. This was the main reason I did not get my dream beach house…